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    kidnap vs abduct

    I'm studying etymology, analying prefix and suffix of words. Are "abduct" and "kidnap" interchangeable? abduct's ab is said to mean "away, off", while "kidnap"'s "kid" is related to children. But you use "kidnap" even if you kidnap old people. Do you use "kidnap" only for children, while "abduct" in general?

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    ex)He(abductor) abducted(kidnapped) the little girl in her house at dawn.

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    Re: kidnap vs abduct

    Hi keannu,

    Maybe they will not help you in etymological terms, but look here and here.

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    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Re: kidnap vs abduct

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    Do you use "kidnap" only for children
    No- you can kidnap people of any age, or even animals.

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    Re: kidnap vs abduct

    As you can see, it's now used for taking anyone or any living thing against their will.

    Here's the etymology of kidnap.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: kidnap vs abduct

    And don't be confused by catnap, which means sleeping, not abducting.

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    Re: kidnap vs abduct

    The link charlie shows me an explanation by Ouisch that "abduct"'s purpose is usually revealed after recovering the abductee, while "kidnap"'s is known after the kidnapping happens.
    So is the difference the point of revealing the purpose or are they interchangeable?

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